Soft Pretzel Recipe from fifteenspatulas.com

FOR THE DOUGH:

  • 2.25 tsp instant quick rise yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 12.5 oz all purpose flour (2.5 cups)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

FOR THE TOPPING:

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • vegetable oil for greasing the sheet pan
  • coarse sea salt, for sprinkling
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  1. Combine the yeast, warm water, and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer, and let sit for 10 minutes until foamy. This indicates the yeast is alive and working. Add the flour and salt. Mix with the dough hook by hand for a few seconds to roughly combine, then fit the hook and bowl on the mixer and knead on medium low for 5 minutes. The dough should feel soft and smooth, not sticky to the touch.
  2. Cover the dough and let rise for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F, and lightly grease a baking sheet with vegetable oil. You could use parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  4. Place the dough onto a lightly oiled countertop. Divide the dough into 8 pieces (just cut it with a knife).
  5. Whisk to combine the warm water and baking soda and cook in the microwave for 1 minute. FYI it’s not going to dissolve completely, and that’s okay.
  6. Roll each of the eight pieces into a long rope, and shape each one into a pretzel (see the step-by-step photos on the blog post to see how to do this). Dip each pretzel into the soda wash and place onto the greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt, then let them rest for 10 minutes.
  7. Bake for 9 to 10 minutes until the pretzels are golden brown. Brush the pretzels with the melted butter while they are hot out of the oven. Enjoy while they are hot, and keep in mind these don’t taste as amazing the next day. Enjoy!

 

Cauliflower Curry Samosas

SAMOSA DOUGH:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup water
  • canola oil (for frying)
CAULIFLOWER FILLING :
  • 1 medium Yukon gold potato (peeled)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups small cauliflower florets (finely chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup roasted, salted cashews (roughly chopped)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
MINT YOGURT SAUCE :
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup mint (finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • For the Samosa Dough: In a large bowl sift together the flour and salt. Add the oil and gently rub into the flour mixture until flaky dough starts to form and the oil is completely coated in the flour mixture. Begin adding the water and mix to combine until a stiff dough forms. Knead for 5 minutes until the dough is shiny and elastic but not wet and sticky.
  • Cover with plastic and allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into 8 balls. Roll each ball of dough out into a 6-inch circle then cut in half. Brush the straight edge with water, fold it in half, and align the two straight sides so they overlap to form a cone shape. Pinch the edges together to make a tight seal. Place some of the filling inside each cone, leaving the top edge clean. Moisten the inside top rim of the cone and press the edges together to make another tight seal. Place the samosas on a tray until ready to fry. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling.
  • In a large Dutch oven, heat the frying oil to 360ºF. Line a plate or baking sheet with paper towels. Place the samosas in the Dutch oven and fry until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes.
  • For the Cauliflower Filling: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, boil the potatoes until just tender, about 10-12 minutes. When cooled, cut the potatoes into a small dice and set aside.
  • Preheat a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the butter and allow to melt. Add the cauliflower and curry. Allow to cook until softened and lightly golden, about 5-6 minutes. Add the potato and cayenne and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Add the golden raisins and coconut milk, stir to combine and allow to simmer for 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Add the cashews, season with salt and pepper, and remove from the heat. Allow to cool to room temperature before filling.
  • For the Mint Yogurt Sauce: In a small bowl add the yogurt and mint and whisk to combine. Add the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Whisk to combine and serve with samosas.
  • Tips: 1. Make the samosa filling and dough the day before to reduce prep time. Bring the dough to room temperature before assembling the samosas. Dough will keep in the fridge for 1 week.
  • 2. To toast the curry powder, place in a dry pan over medium-low heat until aromatic, about 2-3 minutes.

Blueberry Cobbler from allrecipes.com

3 cups fresh blueberries
3 tablespoons white sugar
1/3 cup orange juice
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 pinch salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. In an 8 inch square baking dish, mix blueberries, 3 tablespoons sugar, and orange juice. Set aside. In a small bowl, thoroughly mix flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, cream butter and 1/2 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla extract. Gradually add flour mixture, stirring just until ingredients are combined. Drop batter by rounded tablespoons over blueberry mixture. Try to cover as much of filling as possible.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, until topping is golden brown and filling is bubbling.

 

Peach Cobbler

  • 8 fresh peaches (peeled, pitted, and sliced into chunks)
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Bake the cobbler for about 30 minutes, or until the topping is golden.
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Peel the peaches with a knife or peeler, or drop the peaches one-by-one in boiling water for about a minute. Then, take each one out and put it into a bowl of ice water for about a minute. The skins should slide off pretty easily if the peaches are ripe.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the first list of ingredients (peaches, white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, cornstarch). Toss everything together so the peaches are coated evenly, then put the mixture into a greased two-quart (8×8) baking dish and bake in the oven for ten minutes.
  4. In another large bowl, combine some of the ingredients from the second list– flour, white sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Use your fingertips to blend the butter into the mixture, or use a pastry blender ñ until the mixture looks like coarse meal. Then, stir in the water until just combined.
  5. Take the peaches out of the oven and drop spoonfuls of the topping over them. Sprinkle the entire cobbler with the sugar and cinnamon.
  6. Bake the cobbler for about 30 minutes, or until the topping is golden. Enjoy!

 

Overnight Waffles

  • 1/2 cup warm water (100º-110ºF)
  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 stick unsalted butter (melted)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • pure maple syrup (warmed for serving)
  • In a large bowl, add the water and the packet of yeast and whisk to combine. Let sit for 5 minutes until foamy. If it doesn’t become foamy, start over.
  • In another large bowl, add the milk, butter, sugar, flour and salt and whisk to combine. Add the milk mixture to the yeast mixture and whisk to combine. Whisk in the flour until there are no visible lumps. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit out overnight.
  • The next morning, preheat a waffle iron and grease with oil or cooking spray. Whisk the eggs, baking soda, and ham into the batter, scoop a 1/2 cup portion onto the waffle iron and cook until golden brown and crisp on both sides, about 3-5 minutes. Repeat with the remaining batter. Serve with the warm maple syrup.
  • Tip: Freeze the waffles and place the frozen waffles in the toaster until crisped and warmed through for a quick breakfast.

 

Almond Joy Magic Cookie Bars from www.eatcakefordinner.net/

Cookie Crust:
1/2 c. unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 c. light brown sugar, packed
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
1 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. chocolate graham cracker crumbs (not quite 9 full-sheet crackers)
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Layers:
3/4 c. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 3/4 c. shredded sweetened coconut
1/2 c. sliced almonds
about 12 oz. sweetened condensed milk (not quite one can)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving a slight overhang for easy removal and spray with cooking spray; set aside.  For the Crust: In a large bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar, using a hand mixer, until smooth and creamy.  Add the vanilla and egg and mix until combined.  Add the flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt and mix until fully combined.  Stir in the chocolate chips.  Press graham cracker dough evenly into the bottom of your prepared baking pan.  Bake for 5 minutes.

Remove from oven and sprinkle with the mini chocolate chips (reserving a small amount), coconut and sliced almonds.  Drizzle the sweetened condensed milk over the top and sprinkle with reserved mini chocolate chips.  Remember the pan is hot and return to the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until set (I baked mine for about 26 minutes).  Loosely tent the pan with aluminum foil halfway through baking time to prevent the coconut and almonds from browning and rotate the pan in the oven.

Allow to cool at room temperature for 30 minutes and then stick in the refrigerator to cool all the way through (the bottom of the pan will be cold).   Cut into 9-12 squares.  DO NOT cut the bars while they are still warm or the gooey filling will run all over the place.

Jenn’s Notes: I cut mine into 9 bars, but since they are pretty rich, I think 12 bars would be perfect.

apple crisp from Anna Thomas

  • download2 pounds tart green apples, peeled and sliced
  • thinly(about 5 to 51/2 cups sliced)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup butter

Peel the apples and slice them thinly. Put them in a rather shallow 1-quart casserole and sprinkle them with the water. Put them aside while you prepare the crust.

Sift together the dry ingredients and cut in the butter until all is well combined. Sprinkle this mixture thickly and evenly over the apples. Don’t mix the two together.

Cover the casserole and bake at 350 degrees for 1/2 hour, then uncover and bake another 1/2 hour. The crust will be crisp on top, and will have partly seeped down through the apples,
flavoring them and binding them slightly together.

Serve hot or cold.

pasty from http://12tomatoes.com/

meat-1200x627Pastry:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra as needed
  • 2/3 cup ice water, plus extra as needed
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold, unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

Filling:

  • 8 oz. ground faux meat
  • 1 russet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 small turnip, peeled and diced
  • 1 large carrot finely diced
  • 1/2 white onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • brown mustard, garnish

Directions

  1. In a bowl or directly in your food processor, mix flour and salt together before adding in cold, cubed butter.
  2. Pulse for 10-15 seconds, or until mixture is crumbly and butter is the size of small pebbles.
  3. With the motor running, slowly drizzle in 2/3 cup ice water and pulse until dough ball begins to form. Note: if mixture is too dry, add more ice water, 1-2 teaspoons at a time.
  4. Once dough is formed, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and roll it into a large, flat rectangle.
  5. Wrap dough tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate 30-45 minutes, or until chilled.
  6. While dough chills, combine beef with potato, turnip, carrot and onion, and season generously with salt and pepper, thyme and rosemary.
  7. Preheat oven to 400º F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  8. Remove dough from refrigerator and cut it into 6 equal pieces. On a floured surface, roll each piece out to an 8-inch circle.
  9. Spoon 1/2-2/3 cup beef mixture into the center of dough, then top with 1/2 tablespoon butter.
  10. Take the far edge of your dough circle and fold it over the beef, towards yourself, to form a half moon.
  11. Seal edges with a fork and repeat with remaining pasties.
  12. Transfer to lined baking sheet and brush the tops of dough with beaten egg.
  13. Bake for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned, then lower oven temperature to 350º F and bake for another 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  14. Serve hot with brown mustard and enjoy!

Magic Cake from jocooks.com

  • 4 eggs (separate yolks from whites) at room temperature
  • magic-cake-1-11 tsp vanilla extract
  • 150 g (3/4 cup) sugar
  • 125 g (1 stick or ½ cup) unsalted butter, melted
  • 115 g (4 oz or ¾ cup) of all purpose flour
  • 500 ml (2 cups) milk lukewarm *
  • powdered sugar for dusting cake
  1. Preheat oven to 325 F degrees. Grease a 8 inch x 8 inch baking dish or line it with parchment paper so that it’s easier to get the cake out.
  2. Separate the eggs and beat the egg yolks with the sugar until light and fluffy. Add butter and vanilla extract and continue beating for another minute or two after which you can add the flour and mix it in until fully incorporated.
  3. Slowly start adding the milk and beat until everything is well mixed together.
  4. Add the egg whites to a mixer and mix until stiff peaks form.
  5. Add the egg whites to the cake batter and gently fold them in. Another variation to folding in the egg whites would be to whisk them in to the cake batter, this is a lot faster and easier. Make sure you don’t fold the egg whites in completely, you still want to see some of the white bits floating at the top.
  6. Pour batter into baking dish and bake for 40 to 70 minutes or until the top is lightly golden. The baking time could vary greatly depending on the oven, so take a peek at around 40 minutes and see how it looks.
  7. Sprinkle some powdered sugar after cake has cooled.
* To get the milk lukewarm I usually warm it in the microwave for about a minute.

The baking time can vary greatly for this cake. I’ve baked this cake in 3 different ovens and I’ve always needed different times which were from 40 to 70 minutes. The oven I have right now only requires about 45 minutes to get a nice golden color on the cake, whereas other ovens I’ve used required the full 70 minutes. Test if after 40 minutes to see what it looks like. The cake is done when it only jiggles slightly but feels firm to touch.